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High School Extra: Amherst field hockey upsets Iroquois in overtime

Casey Adimey scored her second goal of the Class B field hockey semifinals in overtime to propel No. 4 Amherst to a 2-1 win over top-seeded Iroquois.

After a scoreless first half, Iroquois struck first 14 minutes after the break. Adimey tied it at 1-1 about six minutes later on a breakaway.

“The girls are very resilient and they played until the very last second,” Amherst coach Laurie LeGoff said. “They always have that belief that they can come through.”

Next up for the Tigers in Wednesday’s final is No. 2 Williamsville East, which shut out No. 3 Williamsville South, 3-0.

Grace Pogorzala and Laura Kaplan scored for the Flames in the first half, while Jenna Cavalieri added the last goal in the second half. Hannah Nurse made three saves in net.

“We just had high energy right from the beginning,” East coach Erin Rajczak said.”

Amherst came back from a 3-1 deficit in the regular season to beat the Flames, 4-3, in overtime.

Williamsville North-Clarence final set

Clarence turned to its youth in the Class A semis to pick up a 2-0 win over Orchard Park.

Eighth-grader Madison Leeper and freshman Elise Bearance scored in the first half, and junior Quinn Laczkowski had four saves to earn the shutout.

With the win, No. 2 Clarence (14-3) advances to next Wednesday’s final against two-time defending champ and No. 1 Williamsville North (17-0).

The Spartans beat Lancaster Thursday, 1-0, on a goal by Emma Roland 5:29 into the second half.

“It was a beautiful pass from Danielle Batz and she just took it in,” North coach Andrea Margaret said. “With Emma, sometimes everything looks flawless.”

North beat the Red Devils on Sept. 27 in overtime, 2-1.

“They’re the only team that scored on us first all season,” Margaret said. “I think it’s going to be a great game. Anything can happen.”

“We’re excited for it,” Clarence co-coach Gina Stephan said.

St. Mary’s, Canisius volleyball triumph

The rivalry between perennial girls volleyball powers St. Mary’s of Lancaster and Eden has produced its fair share of close contests over the past few years, but the Raiders were no match for the Lancers this time around.

Jillian Vitale (34 assists) and Summer Slade (11 kills) helped St. Mary’s sweep Eden by set scores of 25-16, 25-6 and 25-15. Shae Antoncilli (eight digs), Emily Pijacki (six digs) and Kelsey Allen (five kills) also aided in the winning effort.

In boys volleyball, Canisius topped Clarence in four sets to pick up a nonleague win. Set scores were 25-20, 25-22, 25-20 and 25-21. Troy Gooch had 19 kills and three blocks for the Crusaders, who improved to 20-7.

Chuck Funke bowl championships

Senior quarterback Josh Foster ran for 102 yards and threw for four touchdowns to four different receivers in Williamsville South’s 28-6 win over McKinley in the Chuck Funke Memorial Classic Class A championship game. Junior running back Jemelle Jones added 107 yards on the ground.

In the Class B final, Dylan Vincent (17 carries, 98 yards) and Icar Simon (seven carries, 54 yards) both ran for touchdowns in Olean’s 17-6 win over Medina. Simon added 6.5 tackles.

Gowanda/Pine Valley edged JFK in the Class C final, 22-16. Ryan Gernatt (32 carries, 205 yards) and Damon MacLeod (15 carries, 140) combined for 345 of the Panthers’ 403 yards on the ground and a rushing TD each. JFK QB James Bailey ran for a 10-yard score and threw a 39-yard TD pass to Nick Baker.

Junior Jon Stevens ran for two scores in Clarence’s 20-10 Class AA final win over Orchard Park.

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